The Region 2-AAAA baseball championship game came down to a meeting Thursday between crosstown rivals Greenbrier and Evans high schools.
At Greenbrier, the two battled it out to the very end.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Wolfpack clung to a 4-2 lead with the bases loaded and two outs. Not until reliever Adam Grice got the third out with a strikeout were the Wolfpack able to charge the mound and celebrate as region champions.
“I enjoy winning games,” said Wolfpack head coach Chris Wilkins. “Obviously it adds to the atmosphere when you play Evans, but more than anything they’re a really good, gritty ball club.
"You have to play good or you get your butt beat. Fortunately we played well enough to win tonight.”
The win concluded a perfect run through the region for the Wolfpack (22-2), who were 14-0 for the year.
Both teams move on to the Georgia High School Baseball Class AAAA State Tournament, and will begin play hosting the first round at home on Friday.
Knights head coach Ricky Beale was proud of his team, but knew they had a tall task in front of them.
“We gave ourselves a shot and that’s all you can ask for is to have a shot in the last inning,” said Beale. “They’re a great ball club and they’re No. 1 for a reason. They do things the right way and get the clutch hits.”
Wolfpack pitcher Austin Robinson (8-0) allowed just two runs on three hits. He kept the Knights’ hitters off balance all night, changing speeds, working ahead and letting his defense work behind him. He couldn’t get the final out, however, when he was ejected following a seventh-inning, two-out walk.
“I regret that,” Robinson said. “I need to work on being able to finish games.”
The Knights (14-10, 8-6) struck first in the second inning, scoring a run on a Matt Anderson double and Brice Harrison RBI single.
A Hunter Boose single plated two of the Wolfpack’s three runs in the bottom half of the inning as they took a 3-1 lead. Conner Hoover got the second of his two hits in the fourth inning, driving in the team’s final run.
“It feels great,” said the sophomore Hoover. “We worked hard to get here and we put everything out on the field tonight.”
Tyler Roberts pitched well for the Knights, allowing half of his eight hits in the second inning. He went the entire way while striking out four.
Evans refused to go away and closed the gap to 4-2 in the sixth inning on a Garrett Wilkinson blast over the center field fence.